Available Until 12/31/2024

Troubleshooting Systematic Reviews: Refining the Search (Recording)

How do you refine a systematic review search to make sure you are capturing articles that meet your eligibility criteria? How do you troubleshoot a search that is failing to retrieve known articles significant to your topic? How do you revise searches based on researcher feedback? How do you compare strategies for capturing additional articles? Join Margaret Foster and Sarah Jewell for the second of two webinars that address these and other troublesome questions that librarians interested in consulting on systematic reviews will want to answer.

The series addresses a variety of scenarios and offer you ways to develop strategies tailored to your setting. The webinars are interactive and allow you to learn from other participants, as well as from Foster and Jewell. #MLASystematic

This course is an approved elective for Level I of the Systematic Review Services Specialization.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  •    Identify missing elements in a search based on relevant articles that should be retrieved according to eligibility criteria
  •    Refine a search to capture relevant articles
  •    Identify sources to search that are relevant to the topic


All health information professionals, experienced or novice, who consult or plan to consult on systematic reviews. Managers of systematic review services may want to incorporate these troubleshooting techniques into their trainings.


Margaret Foster, AHIP

Margaret Foster, AHIP, is an associate professor at Texas A&M University–College Station and serves as the systematic reviews coordinator at the Medical Sciences Library. She has published twenty articles applying or describing systematic review methods and evidence based practices and has developed a popular continuing education course on systematic reviews that has trained over 300 librarians.

Sarah T. Jewell

Sarah T. Jewell, head of the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Library in the Bronx, NY, has been conducting systematic reviews since 2010. She helped launch the systematic review service at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Library in 2010, and more recently spearheaded the formalization of the systematic review service at Rutgers University Libraries.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours and 1.5 Illinois CNE contact hours.

MLA CE: 1.5

Illinois CNE: 1.5 

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